Column: Use Internet Maps and you will never lose your way!

My eleventh column in “Vijaya Next” (Kannada) was about mapping applications. Main points were,

  • One of the most often applications used on the mobiles these days is Maps.
  • Devices like mobile phones have GPS receivers help you identify your exact location. There are 5 GPS satellites in orbit which are used by civil & military in various applications.
  • GPS is owned and operated by the U.S. Government as a national resource. The first GPS satellite was launched on November 26, 1990 and the most recent launch was on May 28, 2010.
  • GPS has become a widely used and useful tool for commerce, scientific uses, tracking and surveillance. GPS’s accurate timing facilitates everyday activities such as banking, mobile phone operations, and even the control of power grids. Farmers, surveyors, geologists and countless others perform their work more efficiently, safely, economically, and accurately. [from Wiki]
  • Qualcomm tested GPS receivers in a mobile phone successfully in Nov 2004.
  • The popular map providers in India are Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, MapMyIndia.

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Column: Should I buy an Android phone or iPhone?

My tenth column in “Vijaya Next” (Kannada) was about maintaining the new mobile handsets that are getting popular – iPhone and Android based phones. Main points were, Read more on Column: Should I buy an Android phone or iPhone?…

Column: Maintain your PC, backup your valuable data regularly

My eight column in “Vijaya Next” (Kannada) was about maintaining your PC & backing up your data. Main points were,

  • You lose your data because of hard drive crash, accident deletion, virus attack
  • Pirated software too can hurt your PC
  • Speed up your PC by using tools like Glary Utilities & Soluto
  • Backup your data using external drives. They are not very expensive these days
  • Use online backup sites like Mozy, Backblaze, Carbonite, Sugarsync. They cost just $50-60 per year to backup your data

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Column: Health is wealth & web has wealth of health info

My seventh column in “Vijaya Next” (Kannada) was about health related info on the internet. Main points were,

  • Today we live in a health conscious society.
  • The internet has fantastic content related to health. Every aspect of health is available on the internet today – heart attack, diabetes, thyroid, pregnancy, cancer.
  • The internet is a great tool as long as you understand it should be used to improve your knowledge about the subject and not for self diagnosis.
  • Mentioned recommended health URLs
  • Mytoday.com has health related SMS channels.
  • You can get second opinion from sites like HealthCareMagic.com
  • Several health calculators are available on the net (are you over weight?)
  • Save your health records online for easy access for your family & when you are traveling.

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Column: Phishing – Watch out for Fake emails

My sixth column in “Vijaya Next” (Kannada) was about what sharing photos on the internet. Main points were,

  • Contents of fake emails (lottery, bank password reset, job guaranteed for a fee)
  • There is no free lunch, why would anyone from a royal family want to give you $250,000?
  • Introduction to Phishing
  • How to avoid being a victim of phishing?

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